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What's Happening at Arrowhead Library System
January 2018 Newsletter


Free Online Courses Now Available in Rock County

Gale Courses:

Arrowhead Library System is offering cardholders of its seven public libraries a new avenue to access lifelong learning opportunities in the form of professional development, technology and personal enrichment classes through Gale Courses. Patrons of ALS's seven public libraries now have access to more than 365 engaging, online, instructor-led courses covering a wide variety of topics such as test preparation for ACT/SAT, GED, and LSAT; introduction to SQL, WordPress websites, gardening, and so much more. Some courses are accredited by national organizations as continuing education credits.

Gale Courses provides six-week long online programs taught by college instructors who are experts in their field. Sessions start fresh monthly so there's never a long wait to get started. Many of the classes offered are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' fastest-growing occupations, positioning our libraries to drive local economic development and meet demand for the top workplace skills.

More information will be sent to ALS libraries next week, and promotion of these services will begin in February. Take a peek at Gale Courses' ALS page now. Staff and patrons may begin enroll now! You can enroll several months before a session begins or at any point during the 13-day grace period following the start of a session. All students, regardless of sign-up date, must click into lessons one and two by midnight on the last day of the grace period or they will be dropped from the class.

View a short video demonstrating how to enroll. (3:34)

Types of classes:

  • courses to support business professionals, including business law, human resources, management, manufacturing and marketing
  • computer and technology courses that suit skill levels from beginner to advanced
  • courses in parenting, the arts and hobbies
  • a number of health and wellness courses
  • select courses offer continuing education credits

Features include:

  • On-the-go, mobile-friendly classroom environment
  • 365+ online courses available 24/7
  • Classes are 6-weeks long and new courses begin each month
  • Courses focus on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment
  • Professionally taught by college instructor
  • Certificate of completion is awarded

ALS Welcomes New Youth Services Consultant

January 1, 2018 - Jeni Schomber, Head of Youth Services at Beloit Public Library, has accepted the role of Youth Services Consultant to Arrowhead Library System. In addition to her work at BPL, Jeni will be an important team member in identifying resources to support early literacy, well-being, and library services for the youngest in our communities and their caregivers, as well as in efforts to create and grow partnerships which support these goals.

Community Read Rock County Events

  • Moonlight Hike
    January 27, 6-9 PM - Ice Age Trail Coalition.
    Meet us at Storr’s Lake in Milton for a hike along part of the Ice Age Trail.

  • Adult Book Discussion
    Wednesday, February 28, 1:30 PM - Clinton Public Library

    "Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin" by Patty Loew Read a review. 

  • A Conversation with Patty Loew
    April 10, 2018, 6 PM - Hedberg Public Library
    Join us for the capstone event of this year’s Community Read. Author Patty Loew will give a presentation about her book and lead a question and answer session.

Visit the CRRC website and Facebook page for all the updates.


New System Up and Running

January 11, 2018 - Migration to the SHARE catalog was completed on schedule, if not early, and with few hiccups. Staff are becoming more confident with each interaction using the new ILS, SirsiDynix Symphony and WorkFlows. Patrons seem to be enjoying the new catalog as well. In addition to what patrons are saying at their own libraries, ALS has received several complimentary communications at the system office.

Consortium members saw an initial spike in inter-system lending within SHARE, which has since begun to level. Bibliographic records will be de-duplicated over the next few weeks further reducing delivery volume. In the meantime, ALS continues to evolve and fine tune its transit and delivery procedures.

Group Training: "Statistics, Lists, and Other Reports"

There will be an in-person training session dedicated to statistics, lists and other reports. Be sure to sign up all staff members and their backups involved in pulling reports and statistics.

Sign up for this training session using this Google doc.

  • Statistics, Lists and Other Reports
    Friday, February 2, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI

SHARE & ALS In the News

Janesville Messenger:

SHARE Consortium Meeting Calendar

View and bookmark SHARE's meeting schedule page.


Inclusive Services Institute

March 12-14, 2018 and August 12-14, 2018
Madison, Wisconsin

Do you want to make your library more inclusive? Do you want to help make all Wisconsin public libraries more inclusive? Apply now for the 2018 Inclusive Services Institute!

The Inclusive Services Institutes is a professional development and workgroup opportunity for Wisconsin public library and regional system staff who are committed to making Wisconsin libraries more inclusive to all community members and potential library users. The Institute will offer reflective learning experiences on topics of equity and social justice. Participants will work on small teams to develop tools for a new statewide resource. The Inclusive Services Statement from the Division of Libraries and Technology will provide the foundation for the Institute content and workgroup efforts.

A full description of the Inclusive Services Institute, including the text of required application questions, is documented online at: 

Apply online by February 6, 2018:


Visit the PLSR Updates Page for the latest news on the process, milestones, and next steps.

What’s happening right now?

Are you interested in speaking with, or having a Steering Committee member visit you?
Send an email at and they’ll find the time!

ALS Calendar

ALS Board of Trustee Meeting:
Wednesday, February 14 at 5:00 p.m. at Arrowhead Library System

ALS Librarian’s Meeting:
Wednesday, February 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Arrowhead Library System – Chair, Sarah Strunz

SHARE Migration Meeting:
Friday, January 26 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Beloit Public Library

SHARE Training Session:
Statistics, Lists and Other Reports
Friday, February 2 from 9:00 a.m. - noon at Hedberg Public Library

SHARE Director's Council:
Tuesday, February 6 at 11 a.m. at Matheson Public Library in Elkhorn

Summer Library Program PR Deadline
Thursday, March 15 at Noon

Contact Us

Contact the Tovah with comments, corrections, or library news.

Tovah Anderson, 
Public Information Coordinator
Phone: 608-868-2872

Steve Platteter
Arrowhead Library System Director

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Milton, WI 53563

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